Glenn Greenwald: “America Believes it Has the Right to Commit Violence Anywhere, At any time, For any cause”

Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com recently wrote an article about the U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan that took the lives of as many as twenty innocent civilians including a mother and her five children. His article is less about the bombings themselves and more about the U.S. media and American public’s reaction, or lack thereof, to the killing of innocent women and children as well as the blowback it creates.

From Salon.com:

To the extent these type of incidents are discussed at all — and in American establishment media venues, they are most typically ignored — there are certain unbending rules that must be observed in order to retain Seriousness credentials. No matter how many times the U.S. kills innocent people in the world, it never reflects on our national character or that of our leaders. Indeed, none of these incidents convey any meaning at all. They are mere accidents, quasi-acts of nature which contain no moral information (in fact, the NYT article on these civilian deaths, out of nowhere, weirdly mentioned that “in northern Afghanistan, 23 members of a wedding celebration drowned in severe flash flooding” — as though that’s comparable to the U.S.’s dropping bombs on innocent people). We’ve all been trained, like good little soldiers, that the phrase “collateral damage” cleanses and justifies this and washes it all way: yes, it’s quite terrible, but innocent people die in wars; that’s just how it is. It’s all grounded in America’s central religious belief that the country has the right to commit violence anywhere in the world, at any time, for any cause.

Read more here.

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